After the castle visit we visited the viewing area by the end of RAF Connisby’s 9,003 feet runway. I managed to get some excellent shots of the jets taking off as well as a couple taxiing along by the perimeter fence. RAF Connisby is the home of No. 41 (Test and Evaluation) Squadron – the Operational Evaluational Unit, No. 29(R) Squadron – the Operational Conversion Unit and No. 3(F) Squadron – the first Typhoon Operational Squadron, flying the Eurofighter TyphoonFGR4 and T3. No 11 Squadron joined the station as a Typhoon unit in 2006.
Since June 2007 the Typhoons of No. 3(F) Squadron have formed part of air defence of the UK along with RAF Leuchars near St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, both of which were equipped with Panavia Tornado F3 fighters. The station is also home to No. 121 Expeditionary Air Wing.
RAF Coningsby was opened in 1940 as a bomber station. No. 106 Squadron RAF arrived in February 1941 and No. 97 Squadron arrived in March 1941.Hard runways were laid in early 1943 in preparation for heavy bombers being stationed, part of 5 Group.
On 12 November, 61 Squadron aircraft equipped with Tallboy bombs sank the Tirpitz in Operation Catechism. Following the Second World War, it had the Mosquito-equipped 109 Squadron and 139 Squadron and then became part of 3 Group, with Boeing Washington aircraft from 1950.
The airfield received its first jet aircraft — the English Electric Canberra — in 1953.During 1956 the station expanded with the runway being extended. Avro Vulcans arrived in 1962, which were transferred to RAF Cottesmore in November 1964.